Suspended Shelton H.S. student allowed to attend prom

The headmaster of Shelton High School has reversed her decision today to ban a student from the prom after he posted cardboard letters on the

SHELTON - The headmaster of Shelton High School has reversed her decision today to ban a student from the prom after he posted cardboard letters on the school asking out his friend. School officials deemed the 12-inch letters a safety risk, and as a result, senior James Tate received an in-school suspension.Under school rules, because Tate was suspended after April 1, he couldn't go to the prom.Today, however, headmaster Dr. Beth Smith announced a policy change. She says she will implement a case-by-case consideration of punishments. In Tate's case, he can go to the prom. Smith admits that all the attention that Tate's case has garnered played a role in her decision. "Throughout the past week, the level of distraction created by this incident has affected the culture of Shelton High School," she says. Smith says she hopes the school can now move forward and focus on more positive things, like the upcoming launch of space shuttle Endeavour that will carry a science experiment put together by Shelton High School students.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

1 12 on Health: Foods that help fight diseases
Officials say a Norwalk woman was killed in 2 Woman killed in Norwalk fire
The slur has remained on the garage for 3 Stamford couple accrues fines over racial slur on garage
The incident happened at 4700 block of Main 4 Driver trapped in car after Bridgeport crash
Nassau Police say they arrested a 23-year-old man 5 Police: Uber driver beaten unconscious by passenger

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE